Choosing a menu can feel daunting at first. It can take so many forms; from self-service buffet to and elaborate five course degustation to the most traditional version generally starting with canapes followed by a 3 course meal that includes an entree, a main and a dessert.
Answering a few questions will l help to guide your choices. For example, how many guests are you having? what’s the occasion? How formal is the event?
- Begin by thinking about what you love to eat and any food that bring you good memories.
- Plan the menu carefully to include both vegan and vegetarian options
- Think about flavor combinations and avoid clashes as people often pile a little bit of everything onto their plate.
- Choose different colours and textures to give an impressive looking spread.
- Never try out any dish for the first time in any party. Stick to the tested ones.
- Work out what space and equipment you have and make sure you have enough oven shelves and surfaces when you need them.
- Do as much as possible in advance, there’ll be plenty to do when guests arrive.
- Be clever with your budget – it can be expensive catering for large numbers so pick cheap ingredients and be inventive with them.
As your goal is to ensure everyone is having a good time it is also important to make sure that you have a good time too. When the host is stressed out, it casts a pall over the entire meal.
So, keep it simple. Prep as much ahead as possible and don’t overthink the menu!